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We lose the equivalent of nearly a football field worth of forest every second. Community leader Luiz Lopes gives a tour of illegal logging near his town in Brazil. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images. Seriously. We lose between 46,000-58,000 square miles of forest every year, according to the World Wildlife Fund. If you do the math, that’s about 48 regulation football fields every minute.Well over a billion people rely on forests for food and shelter. But unsustainable logging, clear-cutting, and other man-made activities are threatening our forests like never before.The good news is that people are actively pushing back. There are major reforestation projects underway, and in some places, like Washington state in the U.S., logging companies are required to replant any areas they harvest. But a couple of workers or volunteers with shovels and backpacks just aren’t going to beat fleets of chainsaws and bulldozers.To save our forests, it’s time to go high tech. Like, “flying aerial cannons” high tech. “Hello!” GIF from Info Biocarbon/YouTube. One company, BioCarbon Engineering, wants to use flying drones to plant trees. BioCarbon’s system uses two drones. The first is shaped like a small airplane and reads the land, scanning for obstacles and picking out the best places to plant trees. The drone then feeds this information to a bulky helicopter-like drone that flies over the areas, firing pre-germinated seedlings into the soil. Image from Info Biocarbon/YouTube. Their goal is to plant a billion trees a year. And they might be able to do it.”We’re firing at one a second, which means a pair of operators will be able to plant nearly 100,000 trees per day — 60 teams like this will get us to a billion trees a year,” BioCarbon Engineering’s CEO Lauren Fletcher told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Image from Info Biocarbon/YouTube. The system can work 10 times faster than human hands and is cheaper than hiring laborers, according to Dr. Susan Graham, the company’s
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Jim Obergefell fought all the way to the Supreme Court to be listed on his husband’s death certificate. He won. Jim Obergefell. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images. Now, thanks to a unanimous city council vote in his hometown, the couple will be listed together, forever, on the street corner where they lived. On June 21, 2017, Cincinnati renamed the block of Mercer Street “John Arthur and Jim Obergefell Way” two years after Obergefell’s successful suit made marriage equality the law of the land. Jim Obergefell taking off the cover to the sign. @WCPO pic.twitter.com/fEO5upoJsF— T.J. Parker (@TJParkerWCPO) June 21, 2017 “I still struggle when people call me a hero, an icon,” Obergefell told WLWT5 at the naming ceremony. “I don’t feel that way. I just feel like someone who loved my husband and fought for him and fought to live up to my promises.”Obergefell and Arthur were forced to take extraordinary measures to marry in 2013, since Ohio did not recognize same-sex marriage at the time.The couple chartered a small plane that could accommodate Arthur, who was suffering from ALS, and provide for his medical needs. The pair exchanged vows on the tarmac in Baltimore before flying home 10 minutes later. Private planes park at Baltimore’s airport. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images. By taking his case all the way to the Supreme Court and winning, Obergefell helped transform marriage equality from a cultural lightning rod to a virtual non-issue. In the year following the ruling, same-sex marriages spiked 33% to include nearly 1 in 10 LGBTQ adults, a total of approximately 1 million couples. Meanwhile, support for marriage equality has grown steadily after the ruling, following a brief dip. Over 60% of Americans now belief same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, according to a Pew Research report. Yesterday’s high court decisions, however, demonstrate that the fight for full equality continues. Citing Obergefell, the Court ruled that Arkansas must list same-sex parent
‘Downward Dog’ is a delightful, must-watch show with a powerful message. There are lots of life lessons we can learn from our four-legged friends — but ABC’s “Downward Dog” takes it to the next level.”Downward Dog” is a heart-meltingly cute show that premiered earlier this year about a woman named Nan and her dog, Martin. Each episode centers on Martin as he learns a bit about himself and the world around him. Oh, and he can talk — at least in the “breaking the fourth wall” way (meaning he doesn’t talk to Nan, but he does talk to the audience in a hilarious, droll voiceover), narrating his journey. Allison Tolman (who plays Nan) and Ned (who plays Martin). Photo courtesy of ABC. Cuteness aside, there are some phenomenally simple, beautiful, and relatable life lessons peppered throughout the first season. Even if you haven’t watched the show (which you totally should), the observant Martin gives some incredible advice on how to confidently navigate this world — especially on the tough days.Here are eight of those totally awesome moments of self-love and acceptance.1. It’s OK to communicate your needs in a relationship. In fact, it’s really, really important.The pilot episode focuses on Martin and Nan’s relationship. As Nan struggles with some trouble in her love life and a boss who just doesn’t get it, Martin feels a bit neglected but realizes that maybe he’s not just communicating his needs especially well.“I don’t think Nan has any idea how packed my days are. I actually have a lot to accomplish. For one thing, the fact that I need 14 hours of sleep is not something I should have to feel bad about. Sleep is the foundation of a productive day.” — Martin All GIFs from “Downward Dog”/ABC. 2. Get out of your comfort zone. Rules are important, but it’s OK to challenge yourself by trying new things.When Martin gets a new collar-activated doggy door, he makes that all-too-common mistake of letting his newfound power — being able to go outside on his own — get to his head
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